facebook twitter pinterest instagram You Tube

Mollies

Operatic voices echo off the white plaster walls in the lobby at Mollies, a 14-suite hotel near Auckland’s fashionable Ponsonby district. The sounds are of budding tenors and sopranos honing their skills under the tutelage of the hotel’s owner, Frances Wilson. After years of working as a pianist and voice teacher in Europe and the United States, Wilson returned to her native New Zealand in 2001 with her husband, Stephen Fitzgerald, to run her family’s hotel. Her renovation included gilt Italian mirrors that line the long marbled halls and massive Chinese tapestries that hang from the hotel’s 16-foot-high walls. Accommodations Six of the hotel’s 14 suites have sitting rooms with grand pianos, one of which is accompanied by a full-size, gilded harp, and views of the Auckland skyline and Waitemata Harbor. Facilities A spa and traditional English gardens. Dining The hotel’s restaurant offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. Entrees include crayfish served with savoy cabbage, mushrooms, foie gras, and herb a la nage, as well as hapuka fish with white bean, fennel, grapefruit, and pork belly. Concierge Recommends Sail to nearby Waiheke and take a guided tour of the island’s nature trails and wineries. Rates Junior suites from $365, premium villa suites from $585.

Read Next Article >>
From the sun-soaked beaches of Southern California to the sky-high peaks...
A handful of high-end hotels are unveiling new spas, and with them, new...
Photo by Troy Campbell
Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach , located just north of Miami...
Photo by Tim Gerard Barker
For two weeks this November, Hasselblad—the camera company that...
The Park Hyatt New York opens inside the One57 skyscraper on Manhattan’s “...
Four Seasons meets Orlando’s great Walt Disney World complex.
For as long as it has been an elite summer destination, the Hamptons’...
Photo by Dana Allen
Wilderness Safaris’ new Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp accesses a remote oasis...
Sri Lanka’s Cape Weligama resort is the new jewel of the south coast.
The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, located on Banderas Bay on Mexico’s...